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How Solar Can Reduce the Budget Impact from Roof Replacement

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The replacement of the roof system can be one of the largest expenditures for a building owner during the life cycle of the building. In fact, given the significant costs associated with roof replacement, many companies delay or shy away from roof solar projects because of this. However, if it’s determined that your roof should be replaced prior to going solar, it’s a smart move to consider moving forward with both projects, as solar can actually reduce the budget impact from roof replacement.

Transparent Solar Cells Could Generate Power from Everyday Object Surfaces

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Your home windows or electric car windows, or simply your smartphone, could easily turn into power generators thanks to transparent solar cells. At Ubiquitous Energy, MIT startup co-founded by researchers Barr, Lunt, Bulović, and Bart, they are continuing development work to optimize their transparent PVs. These new solar cells selectively absorb only infrared and ultraviolet light, which are invisible to the eye, while “visible light passes through the cells unimpeded, so our eyes don’t know they’re there” (Stauffer).

Minnesota’s Recent Solar Expansion


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With only a one megawatt capacity for solar power in 2007, Minnesota’s solar power generation used to be insubstantial. However, remarkable growth during the first quarter of this year expanded the state’s capacity to over 1,000 megawatts. The decision to vastly ramp up the state’s solar potential was tied to the economic benefits of this renewable energy source.

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